Arrest made in shooting of boy in Camden

June 29, 2011 9:12:42 AM PDT
Camden police have made an arrest in connection with a shooting that may have blinded a 9-year-old boy permanently.

Police say it was around 2 p.m. Monday when 29-year-old Greg Rawls of Pennsauken, New Jersey, opened fire on another man. A stray bullet from the shooting pierced the face of 9-year-old Jorge Cartengena.

Relatives say the boy is in critical condition. He lost one eye and the other is damaged. Doctors say he will likely never see again.

They say he was taking a break from playing basketball to walk to his grandmother's house to feed his parakeets when he was shot.

Grocery store owner Tony Fernandez heard the shots and watched the boy fall to the ground.

"I saw him when he was on the floor. Then he got up and started crying for his mom," said Fernandez.

There are several surveillance cameras at the intersection where the shooting occurred. Camden Police Chief Scott Thomson says those cameras have been helpful and so has the community in identifying Greg Rawls as a suspect.

Rawls was arrested at 1:45 a.m. Monday at his girlfriend's home on Langdon Court in Winslow Township. He is charged with Aggravated Assault.

"This was the action of a sociopath that took out a firearm in broad daylight, in a densely populated area, and fired toward an intended target unintentionally striking the 9-year-old," said Chief Thomson.

Meanwhile, the family is keeping vigil at Children's Hospital, praying for his recovery.